I'm sorry I am so late in posting this review of one of the top movies of the year "Suffragette" starring world class actress Carey Mulligan. Set in London in the early 1910's, we are smacked right in the face with the reality of how poorly woman are treated in society. They are treated as "barely" 2nd class citizens in the home, at work, in politics and in society. This is pounded upon the audience in this film based on a true era in history.
Mulligan plays Maud Watt, a life long (I think from age 9) employee in the local Laundry where the woman do all the hard work over endless hours for less pay then the men. Of course, all the management/ ownership is men.
While out on a delivery, she catches herself in the middle of a "Woman's Right to Vote" aggressive event. These women have learned after years of peace protesting ago that in this period of time in Britain, that, as Maud says and no doubt is the mantra of the movement, "War is the only language men listen too".
An so, initially putting her toe in the water, Mulligan's character begins escalating the level of her own involvement. Inspired by some of the suffragettes leaders at that time (played wonderfully by Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter), Mulligan too becomes a leader. From reluctantly speaking before the politicians, to going to meetings; to recruitings, to actually becoming physically active in the "fight"; Maude is willing to lose all to win the fight. She enviably loses her job, her home, her husband, her son and more but she understands the bigger picture of the movements fight.
Hard to explain how serious, focused and engaging this film is. It is very Important to follow Maud and others become physical and violent and why it made sense. Laws and society ground woman into submissive life roles her in London. As the credits showed, the right to vote movement for woman was a world wide, century plus fight in countries worldwide (yes including today).
This was one fine piece of film making that is not easy to watch but folks such moments in history never are but deserved to be captured and showcased.